A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...

Braxton Brewing Company, Double Dogs Chow House partner to release Diddley Lager

Double Dogs Chow House of Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky brewery Braxton Brewing Company have joined forces to release Diddley Lager — an American Light Lager with a purpose. As part of this cause-related initiative, the brands will donate $20 per keg sold to local animal shelters. As well, the spent grains from the brew will be donated to Brewhaus Dog Bones, a nonprofit organization dedicated...

Alpla Inc. announces plans for $6.9 million expansion plans for Bowling Green bottle manufacturing facility

Alpla Inc., a plastic bottle and packaging manufacturer, has announces plans to expand its Bowling Green facility with a $6.9 million project expected to create 24 full-time jobs. The 100,000-square-foot expansion will provide Alpla’s Bowling Green facility with additional warehousing. When complete in 2019, the additional space will help Alpla more quickly and efficiently meet customer demand for...

Afni Inc. plans expansion of Warren County call center; will hire 86 new employees

Customer engagement company Afni Inc. plans to create 86 full-time jobs as it invests nearly $316,000 in its Bowling Green call center to support new retail clients. Afni’s Scottsville Road facility’s will undergo its’ second expansion since opening in 2000. The facility will be modified and have new equipment installed. The newly-hired customer service representatives will support a...

Stryker Logistics announces plans for new international headquarters in Bowling Green

 Stryker Logistics LLC has announced plans to open a new international headquarters in Bowling Green, a $1.5 million project creating 50 full-time jobs. The headquarters will locate in the 25,000-square-foot former Western Kentucky Plastics facility on Dishman Lane in Bowling Green. The location will include a warehouse and distribution center, as well as a headquarters office. Stryker’s expansion...

Dairy Nights at the Ballpark in June to honor Kentucky’s dairy industry producers

Kentucky dairy farm families can get free tickets to the ballpark for Dairy Night festivities at two minor league parks in June as part of a Dairy Month celebration. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Class A Hot Rods, will honor Kentucky’s dairy industry on June 7 prior to the Hot Rods’ game against the Lansing (Michigan) Lugnuts. Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Class A Legends,...

Ky. companies recognized for workplace safety at 34th annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference

The largest annual gathering of workplace safety professionals from companies all across Kentucky gathered in Bowling Green for the 34th Governor’s Annual Safety and Health Conference. Representatives from 45 companies who earned the prestigious Governor’s Safety and Health Award during the last year were in attendance to help celebrate Kentucky’s all-time low Injury and Illness Rate. “Our...

Champions again — WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting wins Hearst multimedia competition

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the seventh consecutive year. With WKU students finishing second and eighth in the Multimedia IV/Team Reporting-News competition and fourth and fifth in the Multimedia III/Enterprise competition, WKU won the 2017-18 championship with the...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

Eleven WKU fraternity members to make cross country ride, raise money for Alzheimer’s research

Eleven members of a Western Kentucky University fraternity will make the sixth Bike4Alz cross country ride this summer to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. The members of WKU FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) are riding with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Bike4Alz, which was founded by WKU students in 2010. The previous five teams have biked more than 13,000 miles and raised nearly $250,000 for research. The...

Eight Kentucky students win $1,000 for college by sharing ideas to change world

The families of eight Kentucky students have won $1,000 college savings accounts with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust after participating in the 2018 KESPT Dream Out Loud Challenge. Each winner’s school also will receive $500. KESPT is Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan. The Dream Out Loud Challenge invited students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade to submit an original...

Winners announced for state’s annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography, video contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Keegan Hennessy, a 10th-grade student at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students with...

Rep. Jody Richards, 80, former House Speaker, is among those who are retiring from legislature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large number of Kentucky lawmakers are not seeking re-election this year, so barring a special session on tax reform or other issues, Saturday was the last day they convened in their chambers on the third floor of the State Capitol.   Among them was Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, a member of the House since 1976, who also served as Speaker from 1995-2008. 
He...

National nonprofit Helping a Hero awards home to Independence, Kentucky Wounded Warrior

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward A crowd of hundreds, which included Congressmen from two states and a U.S. Senator, lined a small street in Independence to welcome a Wounded Warrior and his family into a new handicap accessible home. Country music singer Lee Greenwood points to those in attendance and the crowd reacts at the dedication of a new home for Staff Sgt. Paul Brondhaver and his family...

Action-packed 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals return to Bowling Green July 20-21

Drag racing, burnouts and classic cars will once again take over Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green as America’s definitive showcase of customized cars returns July 20-21 for an action-packed 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, presented by Holley/MSD. The 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals offers something for automotive enthusiasts as well as the whole family, including the return of Real Street...

Governor’s Safety and Health Conference to be held May 7-11 at Bowling Geen’s Sloan Convention Center

Co-hosted by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Kentucky Health and Safety Network, Inc., the 34th Annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green from May 7 – 11, 2018. The Conference brings together occupational safety and health professionals from the fields of business, labor, education and government. It is the largest gathering...

Online fashion boutique Pink Lily plans $2 million expansion of Bowling Green distribution facility

National women’s fashion retailer and clothing maker Pink Lily Boutique has announced it will expand its Warren County operation by 56 people over five years and invest more than $2 million in a permanent home for both office and manufacturing functions. The company will expand its Bowling Green facility on Mitch McConnell Way to 50,000 square feet, which will house Pink Lily’s headquarters, as...

Aluminum recycler Owl’s Head Alloys announces $3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility

Owl’s Head Alloys Inc., an aluminum recycler in Bowling Green, has announced a $3 million expansion which will create 17 new jobs. The company operates three, 375-cubic-foot refractory furnaces and, to keep up with customer demand, the project will add new space to house a fourth furnace. The additional furnace will increase company’s capacity by 60 million pounds of scrap annually atop the facility’s...

Environmental Health Summit places focus on developmental impact of childrens’ surroundings

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green. CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their...